An electrophysiology study, or EP study, is a test to see if there is a problem with your heartbeat (heart rhythm) and to find out how to fix it. Some people don’t notice any symptoms. Others feel palpitations or a galloping or sluggish heartbeat, shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort, fatigue or weakness, dizziness, and sometimes may have unexplained falls or fainting.
A normal heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats a minute and fluctuates during the day in response to anxiety, excitement or some medications. Heart rate speeds up during exercise and slows down during sleep. A rate faster than 100 beats a minute is called tachycardia, and slower than 60 beats a minute is called bradycardia.
Not all arrhythmias require treatment, but patients need to manage arrhythmias that cause significant symptoms and increase risk for a more serious condition.
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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is among a few hospitals worldwide offering the LARIAT procedre to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation who are unable to take blood thinning medication.
The LARIAT procedure is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedure to tie off the heart's left atrial appendage. The left atrial appendage is the primary source of blood clots leading to stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. In the past the procedure was done as an open heart surgery. Our patients can benefit in several ways such as shorter hospital stays, less scarring, less pain.